Earlier this week we lost one of the greats in the ceramics field: Malcolm Davis. He died during PT shortly after a hip replacement.
Like Malcolm, I left ‘formal’ ministry pursuits when I ‘discovered’ that I was really a potter. Malcolm’s legacy of generotivity, humility and humor will be with us for generations.
Malcolm was in the middle of curating a Shino glaze exhibition for NCECA 2012. I hope someone picks up the details so that he can be honored through the exhibition.
Many of us knew him primarily as the creator of a glaze that we coveted and used (because of his generosity). At a Shino conference at NYU where several of us Shino pratitioners were presenters, Malcolm was quick to point to those before him…even students, who had made some of the first breakthroughs to a glaze that could achieve ultra carbon trapping.
Malcolm encouragedd all of us to use his glaze, and then share what we’d learned. Here is a detail of one of my rope-textured, side-fired pieces:
One of my works, using Malcolm’s glaze, made the cover of the Ceramics Monthly Magazine in March 2005:
The extent to which Malcolm insinuated his way into others’ successes may never be fully known. Certainly I want to recognize and thank him for his generosity to me.
Thank you, Malcolm.
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